The Ferris State University softball program is proud to claim current student-athlete Liz Hamming (Hudsonville) as one of their own following an impressive hitting display in Wednesday's (August 11) 2010 Big League Softball World Series championship game in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Hamming, who will be a sophomore catcher on the 2011 Ferris State softball team, belted a pair of home runs to help propel her Central District 9 team to a 14-4 six-inning victory over Asia Pacific (Manila) in the 2010 title contest held at Vanderberg Park. The win represented the fourth title for Grand Rapids (Mich.) District 9 in the last 10 years and also was the first time in the series' 30-year history with which the championship game concluded via the mercy-run rule.
One of the game's offensive stars, Hamming accounted for a game-high three of the team's 12 total base hits, which included the two roundtrippers in the ESPN 2 televised contest. She belted a long solo homer into the left field seats in the bottom of the first inning and then connected again for District 9 manager Jeff Edgerle's team in the bottom half of the sixth with a two-out game-ending two-run shot.
Hamming completed her 2010 freshman season at Ferris State with a .462 batting average, which consisted of six base hits in 13 at bats. The 5-9 backstop collected one double and home run apiece to go with six runs batted in (RBI) and two runs scored in 12 games. She also recorded a .769 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage while tallying 11 putouts in as many fielding chances.
Hamming's first collegiate and lone roundtripper this past spring occurred in a 6-5 conference win at nationally-ranked Saginaw Valley State (April 24) with a pinch-hit two-run blast over the left centerfield fence. She garnered a personal season game-best two hits and two RBIs apiece in a contest twice - versus Shippensburg (March 10) at the Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament and in a league doubleheader opener at Lake Superior State (April 19).
Ferris State posted a 26-16 overall record for the 2010 campaign and qualified for the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Softball Tournament.